Those who challenge the status quo must inevitably deal with anger and discomfort. AWARE was no different. Lenore Lyons writes about the tensions that AWARE faced from the public, and from amongst its own members. 

Why did Singapore need a women’s rights organisation?

In the early 1980s, to increase the birth rate, the government ran a series of campaigns using slogans such as: “Are you giving men the wrong idea?” “Life will be lonely without a family. Don’t leave it too late.” The suggestion that women’s primary role was of wife and mother left a sour taste for … More Why did Singapore need a women’s rights organisation?

polygamy in Singapore

Today, polygamy is illegal for non-Muslim Singaporeans. However, it did not always use to be this way. Lenore Lyons writes about the women’s rights activists who tirelessly campaigned to outlaw polygamy in the 1980s.  


“Many of us felt the injustice of being ordered around, being told to do this or that, but never being consulted.” AWARE was born in 1985, when the government was embarking on large-scale campaigns to address the falling fertility rate.

Constance Singam on why feminism is perceived as a threat

“Feminism, as one of history’s more important social movements, confronted and challenged the most fundamental and intimate of human relationships: the relationship between men and women, between husbands and wives, between parents and children.” Constance Singam, one of the foremothers of Singapore’s women’s rights movement, writes about local feminism.